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Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Bressandes 2013


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Every vineyard is treated as an individual. The domaine chooses to plow, and at the end of every year pushes a layer of soil over the feet of the vines for the winter then pushes the soil back in the spring - this helps to aerate the soil as much as shielding the base of the vine from some of the winter cold. No fertilisers are used. A green harvest is usually performed in the summer to limit yields. The grapes are harvested manually, parcel by parcel dictated by their ripeness, the only mechanical operation is the foliage thinning/tidying. Nathalie tells that 80% of their work is concentrated in the vineyards to get the best grapes, hand harvested and 99% de-stemmed and handled as lightly as possible to avoid crushing before going into the tanks. The tanks were fitted with the option of heating in 1968, nowadays it is cooling that they require! Typical fermentations last for 10-12 days with pump-overs in the first few days, then twice-per-day pigeage for the remainder.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Beaune
Brand Domaine Tollot-Beaut
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorSilky and lush, with cherry, raspberry and smoke aromas and flavors in an approachable style. Balanced, though this needs time to resolve all the components. Offers fine spicy length. Best from 2018 through 2030. 45 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, May 31, 2016
  • wa89-92

Wine AdvocateUnlike the Corton '13, the 2013 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru was unaffected by hail. It has a ripe and fresh prune-tinged bouquet that is a little too showy for my liking. The palate is medium-bodied with quite dense, structured tannins. There is a spicy edge to the fruit, although contrary to expectations, I find slightly more harmony and finesse to the straight Corton this year. Actually, a feuillette showed more expressively and with more grace, so perhaps that is the shape of things to come?

Neal Martin, January 2015